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One of the worst things about moving away is being away from the sports teams that you love. Fortunately, there are many options available. Here are a few ways to watch your favorite teams when you live out of market.
No matter what device you have, you can watch ESPN on the go with WatchESPN. This app is available in the app store for the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Apple TV. It’s also available via Google Play for Android based platforms and will work on your smartphones or Android-based tablets, including the Kindle Fire.
Finally, it’s available to stream on Xbox Live, as long as you’re a paying Xbox Live Gold subscriber. Thanks to the Internet, you’ll no longer have to stress about missing your favorite team’s games.
NHL Game Center is fairly expensive, but it’s worth it. You can pay either $19 a month for eight months or one payment of $150. After paying, you’ll be able to watch live broadcast, replays, highlights, and classic games. You’ll be able to rewind, restart, and pause the game as well. You can watch games on smartphones, tablets, your computer, or even through your Playstation 3 console. Thanks to NHL Game Center, you’ll be able to enjoy every Nashville Predators game over FiOS in Boston.
With MLB.tv, you’ll be able to watch all of the season’s games, and if you’re outside of the United State or Canada, you’ll be able to watch the Postseason games, too. MLB.tv is available on a wide range of devices, from the XBox 360 and Playstation 3 to almost all smart TV and Blu-Ray Internet enabled players. You can also watch the games on your computer. If you watch from a PC, Mac or Xbox 360, you’ll be able to watch split screen games. You can also watch four games at once.
With Aereo, viewers can access basic network TV channels like ABC, Fox, NBC, and CBS. This means that they’ll have access to almost every nationally broadcasted NFL game, plus a few MLB, NCAA and NBA games. Aereo also allows users to stream the major networks from a desktop PC, tablet, smartphone, AppleTV, and Roku. The only problem with this, though, is that access to the service is very limited — you can only access Aereo in New York, Boston, Miami, Dallas, Houston, Salt Lake City, and Atlanta — though Aereo plans to expand in the future.
If you’re stuck at work and want to catch up on the games you missed, NFL Game Access is the perfect option. For $30 a season, you’ll be able to get access to audio-only broadcasts of the league’s games. Be warned — you can’t watch or listen to live games at all, so this service is used strictly for catching up.
This program allows you to watch games after they’ve aired in full HD. There are multiple content packages to choose from. You can get a seven-day pass to watch recent content for $9.99. You can follow a specific team for $29.99. Full game replays will run you $39.99. Full game replays, including playoffs and the Super Bowl, runs $69.99.
Available only for DirecTV subscribers, NFL Sunday Ticket is the primary method of streaming NFL games. If that isn’t an option, they have an online-only service that can be streamed for about $225. If you use a device like Chromecast, you can stream the game from a desktop computer or laptop to your TV. You can also watch two games at once. If you want to watch a local game, though, you’re out of luck – if something is in your market, you won’t be able to view it with Sunday Ticket.
No matter where you are, you can stay up-to-date with the latest basketball games in real-time. NBA League Pass will run about $180, and you’ll be able to watch all the games from your computer, tablet, smartphone or Internet-ready HDTV. Local market blackouts are common, so if you’re wanting to watch a local team, you’ll have to switch to cable.
Moving away doesn’t have to mean that you stop following the games anymore. Thanks to the Internet, there are now more ways than ever to catch up with your favorite team. Choose the content package that appeals most to you, order some food, and enjoy the game!
Annie Davis is a freelance writer from Tampa, FL who enjoys writing about sports, cooking, and traveling.